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Some Things Can Take the Place of Sugar

By Tom Herrin

When it comes to sweets, some people just can't resist them.  It may be a matter of self-control that some of us simply don't have.  Those of us who have fallen into this pattern at some time or another probably know all too well that it can be like a true addiction.  I know that when I have managed to avoid them, I seem to lose my cravings or interest in eating those sweet treats.  Once I try a few, however, it is on.  I find myself reaching for some kind of sweet all too often after that.  It is an easy way to put on pounds and create some health issues I really don't need.  

Can Sugar Substitutes Help?

Artificial sweeteners can do a little for those of us who tend to fall off the wagon.  If we really need that kick, it is probably better if we do so by using a substitute.  Many of those in use today taste reasonably good and can fool us a little.  Using these sweeteners may also save our teeth.  Sugar tends to be the main source of food for the bacteria that causes tooth decay.  Particularly for those of us who have trouble with our teeth, using some of these substitutes may be a really help in reducing the need for extra dental visits.

The Real Deal on Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners were not actually developed for the benefit of those of us who can't control our sweet tooth.  Diabetics have a genuine need to avoid sugars and starches.  Along with the development of insulin that can be used for maintenance, artificial sweeteners have given diabetics an opportunity to live a little more normal life.  They are able to enjoy foods and drinks that others can have by using substitutes.  These products are much more about meeting their needs than helping the rest of us to manage our cravings.

Sugar Is Not All Bad

We can use sugar if we will do so sparingly.  A teaspoonful does not have all that many calories, but we need to leave it there.  If we limit our sugar intake and clean our teeth after we consume products with a lot of sugar, we may be able to enjoy reasonably good health and protect our teeth as well.  It does require discipline and a little planning.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Park City, Utah.

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